Les Miserables

Les Miserables Tickets

Sondheim Theatre, London
Les Miserables
Sondheim Theatre, London
New production of a powerful classic
Our Review 5 / 5

The West End's longest-running musical, Les Misérables has been enjoyed by over 70 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records as it passes its 30th year in London. The original production, which features direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, will continue to run at the Sondheim Theatre (formerly known as the Queen's Theatre), having transferred from the Palace Theatre in April 2004.

Featuring a stunning score by Boublil and Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh's original production opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8th October 1985 (beginning previews on 28th September), where it went on to become a musical theatre phenomenon. It opened at the Palace Theatre on 4th December, and transferred to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3rd April 2004. Fans of the show continue to revisit this dazzling original that includes hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Bring Him Home” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

Adapted from the original epic novel by Victor Hugo, the musical is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells a powerful and moving story of unrequited love, sacrifice, passion, redemption and revolutionary spirit.

The Les Misérables musical has won a multitude of awards around the globe, and was recently honoured with the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award. It has ran on Broadway in three separate productions, and has enjoyed numerous UK tours. An Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of the show was released in cinemas in 2012 starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and has continued to broaden the appeal of the show.

Don't miss your chance to see this spectacular original production, and one of the West End's most exciting and powerful musicals.


Opening in 1815, Les Misérables tells the story of convict Jean Valjean who is released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang. As he finds that his ticket of leave condemns him to be a social outcast, he is embittered by years of hardship, and steals silver from a Bishop who lies to save his life in front of the police. Feeling a divine intervention, Valjean swears to start his life anew, breaking his parole in search of a better life. Inspector Javert commits his life to tracking him down, leading to a dangerous past encounter that haunts him at every turn.

After saving the sick Fantine from a life spent as a prostitute in Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, Valjean commits himself to looking after her daughter Cosette, becoming a surrogate father to the child. As the pair move to Paris to once again escape Javert, they become caught up in the student uprising that threatens the peace in the city. Cosette falls in love with the dashing student Marius, and all the characters find themselves juggling their sense of loyalty with love, compassion and the need for redemption.

Booking from |
1st August 2020
Available until |
6th March 2021
Run time |
2 hours 50 minutes
Categories |
Recommended for children aged 8 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.All patrons, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the theatre. Please ensure that any children or infants for whom you are responsible also have a valid ticket. Your child should be able to sit unaided within the purchased seat. We do not allow children to be seated on an adult’s lap or babes in arms.
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton
Cameron Mackintosh
Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Songs by:
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
David Hersey
Mick Potter and Andrew Bruce
John Napier
Kate Flatt
Andreane Neofitou
Cast list:
Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden, Gerard Carey, Rachelle Ann Go (as Fantine from 2nd March to 18th April and 27th July onwards), Carrie Hope Fletcher (as Fantine from 20th April to 25th July), Ian Hughes, Shan Ako, Josefina Gabrielle, Ashley Gilmour, Lily Kerhoas, Kelly Agbowu, Ciarán Bowling, Richard Carson, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Harry Dunnett, Jessie Hart, Jessica Joslin, Sarah Lark, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Claire O’Leary, Shane O’Riordan, Kathy Peacock, Sam Peggs, Mark Pearce, Emma Warren, Sake Wijers, Mared Williams and Samuel Wyn-Morris.
Other info:
The show premiered at the Barbican on 8th Oct 1985, then transferred to Palace Theatre 4 Dec 1985, before transferring to Queen's Theatre 3 April 2004

Sondheim Theatre Venue Information

Sondheim Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

Customer reviews

Our Review of Les Miserables


Another fantastic chapter in West End history has been gloriously (re)written, with not one but two spectacular reinventions - first of a theatre itself, in which the Queen's on Shaftesbury Avenue has been reincarnated as the Sondheim Theatre and completely refurbished by its owner Cameron Mackintosh to restore it from a threadbare functionality to which it had previously been brought back 61 years ago from wartime bomb damage to a glowing and welcoming new warmth. Read more


Les Misérables is a monolith of a musical that at 30 years young shows no signs of slowing down. Even on a Wednesday matinee three decades after opening in London the show received unadulterated concentration from a full house, along with a standing ovation. Part of the joy and the energy comes from the sheer commitment and devotion shown by the cast, who walk the familiar territory as though they're doing it for the very first time. Read more

LES MISERABLES, the world's most popular musical and jugging by the full house at this matinee performance and almost sold out for the evening proves that this is a musical masterpiece! I have only seen this show once which was on its first reginal tour at the Palace Theatre Manchester. I fell in love with the musical then so I was more than interested to see the London staging. Unfortunately the show had moved from The Palace Theatre down the road to its new home of the Queens... Read more

Fifteen years after it opened I finally got round to seeing the self proclaimed 'Worlds Favourite Musical'.  Being a musical nut, it may seem strange that in the past ten years I have seen most of the big shows (many of them on more than one occasion), but never even considered watching 'Les Miserables'.  In my defence, my father highly recommended the show to me some 12 years ago and I have probably sub-consciously avoided it thinking I couldn't possibly enjoy something that... Read more

Well, seeing Miz again could have been very boring, as I've now seen the show a lot recently. But it wasnt. Having seen John Owen-Jones two years ago, when the show just reopened after the changes, I remember quite vividly it was not a nice experience for me. But now he was back at the Palace, after the extensive Tour in the UK, and I found myself really liking what he did. In fact there was nothing I didn't like. He was BRILLIANT actually. Jones has improved a lot vocally and... Read more

Latest Les Miserables News & Features

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First look: Production images of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre released
Friday, 17 January, 2020, 13:07
Production images have been released for the reopening of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre, which officially reopened on 16th January 2020. In a five-star review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark Shenton said: “There’s a welcome sense of continuity from past to present, but it is also given a fresh 21st century inventiveness.” The cast of Les Miserables stars Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Shan Ako as Eponine,...
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Les Miserables: Making a new version of the West End's longest-running musical in history
Wednesday, 15 January, 2020, 16:38
Early on in the producing career of Cameron Mackintosh, he opened an original musical called The Card. In an introduction to the published lyrics of the legendary Alan Jay Lerner, Mackintosh recalls a conversation he had with Lerner after it opened. Lerner asked him how it was going; and Mackintosh remembers replying, "Not bad, but the problem was some weeks it made a little money, and other weeks it lost money."  Lerner answered: "Ah, a succès d'estime - a success that...
Ian Hughes to step into Thénardier role in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre
Friday, 10 January, 2020, 11:08
Third time’s the charm for Les Miserables, as Ian Hughes will step in for a limited engagement to play Thénardier at the Sondheim Theatre. Hughes takes over the role from Matt Lucas, who was previously scheduled to take over the role for six weeks. Ian Hughes to play Thenardier Ian Hughes will reprise the role of Thénardier, joining the London cast of Les Miserables while appearing in the current international tour. In the West End, he has appeared in Guys and...
Matt Lucas to step in as last-minute Thénardier replacement in Les Miserables
Friday, 20 December, 2019, 10:07
Less than a week after Les Miserables returned to the West End at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre, Matt Lucas will step in for a limited run to replace Gerard Carey as Thénardier. Carey was told by doctors on the morning of the first performance to rest his vocal cords to avoid long-term damage, with Lucas now taking over the role for six weeks.   Matt Lucas to play Thenardier Matt Lucas recently played the role of Thénardier in...
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Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden and Carrie Hope Fletcher to star in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre
Monday, 16 September, 2019, 12:08
Casting has been announced for the return of Les Miserables to its West End home, the Sondheim Theatre (formerly known as the Queen’s Theatre), following renovations and a temporary concert production of the musical taking place at the Gielgud. Carrie Hope Fletcher, who is currently starring in the concert version alongside Michael Ball, Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas, will reprise her role as Fantine when the production returns. She will be joined by Jon Robyns, who...
Interview with Les Miserable's new Fantine, Carley Stenson
Thursday, 13 July, 2017
Carley Stenson is currently settling into life in West End’s longest running musical, Les Miserables as Fantine. After eight years playing the character Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks, she joined the cast of Legally Blonde the Musical, and went on to have roles in Shrek the Musical, Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Now, she takes on an iconic role in one of the world’s most beloved musicals, so we caught up with her to see how she’s finding it. Your run in Les...
Killian Donnelly and Carley Stenson lead the new London cast of Les Miserables
Killian Donnelly and Carley Stenson lead the new London cast of Les Miserables
Friday, 28 April, 2017
Producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced major cast changes for the West End production of Les Misérables which continues to run at the Queen's Theatre, now in its 33rd record-breaking year. From 12 June 2017 Olivier Award-nominee Killian Donnelly will star as ‘Jean Valjean' alongside Carley Stenson will join the company as ‘Fantine’. Hayden Tee will return to play ‘Javert’ from 17 July. Also joining the company are Steven Meo as ‘Thénardier’, Karis Jack as ‘Eponine...
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